Prader-Willi Syndrome

Maria Garcia

What is it?

A rare genetic disorder that causes poor muscle tone, low levels of sex hormones and a constant feeling of hunger. The part of the brain that controls feelings of fullness or hunger does not work properly in people with PWS, which leads to overeating and obesity.

Symptoms

  • Short stature
  • Poor motor skills
  • Weight gain
  • Underdeveloped sex organs
  • Mild intellectual and learning disabilities

Phases of the Disease

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Characteristics

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Treatment

There is no official treatment for PWS although, exercise, diet, and sex hormones might work. Most people with the disease will need specialized care for the rest of her life.

"Prader-Willi Syndrome: MedlinePlus." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.